As a kid I was a sucker for any free toy in a box of cereal. I especially loved the free bike license plates that came in a box of Honeycomb (you can buy them on ebay, of course). Of course other classmates in elementary school were able to get license plates with their names on it at Kmart, but Travis was never to be found on the rack of license plate names (Tracy, but never Travis). Nevertheless, I happily placed a state of Colorado license plate on my Schwinn and rode around town. Of course, no one ever asked me if I was from Colorado or anything about Colorado. If someone had asked me anything about the state I would have looked at them like they had three ears or pedaled home as fast I could convinced they were trying to kidnap me.
Some of you may know that for the past couple of years I have had a CLERGY auto license plate on my bicycle. For the record I totally swiped this idea off of Rev. Laura Everett, Executive Director of the Massachusetts Council of Churches. I just had to have one of my own. First I called Judson Press (publishing arm of the American Baptist Churches, USA) to see if they carried any CLERGY license plates, they did not. Then I scoured the internet and found two places: the Methodist shop (aka Cokebury) and the UCC shop (aptly named UCC Resources). Interestingly, Cokesbury no longer carries the license plate but they do carry a window decal, a "clergy" auto tag holder, and a "clergy" auto rearview hanger. The UCC shop has them for $10.00. I purchased one from the UCC shop, but seeing that the UCC one, rightly so, had the UCC logo I went over to the American Baptist Churches, USA resources page and downloaded an ABC,USA logo and taped it over the UCC logo.
Okay reader, go ahead and catch your breath and give your heart a chance to settle down, I know that was pretty damn exciting.
The auto license plate served me well. But I really wanted a bike specific clergy license plate. Sure enough thanks to the wonders of the information superhighway there is a company that manufactures personalized bicycle license plates. And sure enough, I ordered one; for $10.
I like it.
you notice my bag to the left of the bike, I just got back from playing basketball; so consider this an action shot as well.